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The Originals recap: I'll See You in Hell or New Orleans

Tristan’s arrival in New Orleans ups the stakes in the brewing sire-line war.

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The Originals

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The CW
Drama, Fantasy

So far, this season of The Originals really feels like the show has found its stride. In a way, what the Trinity has introduced is another set of Original siblings. Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah all have mini-me versions of themselves, and it’s only making the show better. After all, if the most interesting part of your show is family dynamics, why not expand upon those dynamics and further complicate things, right? Well, that’s what season 3 appears to be doing, and it is working.

Act One: What are we going to do about Lucien?

Back in 1002 A.D., we find that Klaus has mastered the art of the spiral curl while Lucien can’t seem to stop thinking about the beautiful Aurora. In fact, he loves her so much that he wants to run away with her. The trick is that her highly protective — and slightly incesty? — brother Tristan won’t let anyone near her. As a result, Lucien asks Klaus if he can get her a letter for him.

Fun fact: Klaus can get her a letter, but it’s not because he has vampire speed. It’s because he often spends his nights with Aurora … as her lover. And when Lucien catches them, he’s so upset that he’s unable to run away when Tristan discovers him. And cue the painful torture scene that involves relentless whipping and, of course, Tristan giving Lucien a Glasgow smile.

Meanwhile, in present day, Lucien is running around his enormous penthouse shirtless when Detective Kinney calls him into the precinct to question him about the murders. Cami and Vincent meet them there. (Sadly, Lucien puts on a shirt.)

Once Lucien compels Kinney to talk to Cami alone — though Vincent makes sure to come along — Lucien tries to convince them that he isn’t the one behind the murders by telling them his sob story. Needless to say, Cami’s not buying it. And as Vincent puts it, “Messed up new guy comes to town. Messed up new guy is responsible for murders.” It’s not eloquent, but it does make sense.

Also not buying Lucien’s story? Klaus and Elijah, who decide they need to kill him considering that he fits into both the “friend” and the “foe” categories of Freya’s prediction. But when Lucien’s prophet gives Elijah a taste of his future, her vision specifically shows Lucien using Cami and Marcel as part of his plan.

With that, Klaus is off to find Cami, and Elijah heads to find Marcel.

Act Two: Anger is sexy

While Klaus and Elijah handle their business, Hayley is busy readjusting to human life. Turns out, living on the streets of New Orleans isn’t great for a newborn baby (or a hybrid just recently back in human form).

Between loud street musicians and Hayley’s general temperament, Jackson gets an idea. Calling Freya to babysit, Jackson takes Hayley to Marcel’s fighting gym to blow off some steam.

With each of them grabbing a staff (?), they enter the cage and let Hayley get out her hatred of Klaus along with the stress that comes with Davina (and a candle) currently controlling their fate. Oh, and has she mentioned how hungry she is?

So naturally, when she makes Jackson bleed, her vampire side takes over. Only, Jackson thinks it’s sexy. What begins as a minor feeding session turns into a bigger feeding session, which then turns into an even bigger sex session. Because why not?

NEXT: An old face and a new face